Currently, preventing multiple sclerosis is a mystery to medical researchers and professionals across the world.  Preventing MS is not something that medical professionals know how to do, so they can not recommend prevention steps to people on how to avoid this chronic autoimmune disease.  However, research is being done to look into this disease more in the hopes that there will someday be ways that the disease can be prevented and hopefully be cured.

While there are no current prevention techniques, there are ways that people can protect themselves and be knowledgeable about multiple sclerosis.  It is important for people to know about the early symptoms of the disease so that if they occur, they will know to seek out medical attention.  Some of the earliest symptoms can include vision problems such as double vision or temporary blindness, numbness and tingling in the limbs and extremities, and extreme fatigue.  If someone experiences these symptoms, they should see a medical professional as soon as possible.  They will want to run certain tests to look for signs of multiple sclerosis, such as a MRI.  This will help to ensure that if multiple sclerosis is the cause, treatment can be started as soon as possible.


Treatment Options for Multiple Sclerosis


While there isn’t a cure for multiple sclerosis yet, there have been many advancements in treatment options in recent years.  Demyelination is the biggest problem in multiple sclerosis, as this is the process that damages the nervous system.  The damage to the nervous system is what causes most of the painful symptoms in multiple sclerosis.  The process of demyelination cannot be completely stopped or reversed, but with new treatments, it can be slowed down.  These new treatments are typically given through intravenous drips or injections and are available through prescription only.  These medications can help to keep a person with multiple sclerosis from progressing to a worse stage of the disease.

Alternative treatments have also shown some promise in patients.  Gentle exercise can be beneficial to patients who are experiencing pain due to the chronic disease.  It can also help to keep patients mobile and more active.  This is because gentle exercise can help the muscles stay limber and strong, since in the disease they can become stiff and atrophied due to disuse.  Some types of appropriate exercise can include Pilates, yoga, and stretching.